2 May 2016

Australians missing out on lifesaving medications

1:45 pm on 2 May 2016

More than a million Australians at high risk of a heart attack or stroke are not being prescribed lifesaving medications, researchers say.

Canberra professor Emily Banks said tens of thousands of lives could be lengthened if people aged over 45 have a risk assessment, and if those deemed high-risk take a mixture of blood pressure-lowering and cholesterol-lowering medications.

The Heart Foundation said the study's findings were a "wake-up call" for the community and doctors.